MoRe Research was established in 2001 with an activity that was primarily based on mission based primarily for customers in the forest industry. But now, MoRe has also expanded their research department.
"For some years now, the research department has been built up and has grown ever bigger with projects linked to predominantly nanocellulose," says Stefan Svensson, CEO MoRe Research. MoRe has several pilot equipments on a scale that allows producing interesting amounts of applications where different types of nanocellulose are an important component.
- Qualified research projects will be an increasingly important part of the business, and Anna Svedberg has therefore been appointed Research Director. With her background as a researcher and a great commitment to research, she is a perfect choice.
"For a year we had a limited share of our own research," says Anna Svedberg. Therefore, a strategic decision was made to gradually increase the research component and conduct research in collaboration with universities, research institutes and companies to an even greater extent.
"There are several reasons why other parties want to run projects together with MoRe. We have combined expertise and an on-site infrastructure consisting of extensive analytical equipment and a range of pilots we operate. In addition, we have the habit of participating in projects and taking them into the factory environment. Our position is a natural bridge between research and industry and we have a lot of factory cravings.
"The result is that MoRe now has five employee researchers and we are actively involved in a dozen multiannual research projects. In addition, several of our other employees have tasks in different research projects. Examples of such multiannual projects are Mistra Terraclean, coordinated by KTH, the Interreg project Plasticized nanocellulose cellulose composites coordinated by Mittuniversity, RISE and PFI and the TinyBTalented Vinnova project, coordinated by Processum.
Daniele Oliveira de Castro and Zoheb Karim are two postdocs who run projects in close cooperation with Wallenberg Wood Science Center and KTH. Raghu Deshpande was employed after MoRe's dissertation on a post-doc service linked to KTH. Tove Samuelsson is an industrial licentiate at MoRe in a project collaboration with FSCN at Miduniversity. Tommy Nordin is also an industrial licentiate with a research project in collaboration with FSCN at Miduniversity.
"There is a strength that different project partners can collaborate in large long-term projects," continues Anna Svedberg. By complementing different university and business partners, we are strengthening each other.
"MoRe has many interesting pilots, which also have good size relationships, among other things, our unique pilot digesters and our experimental paper machine. The latter has been used for many decades in various trials related to paper and chemical development. With successive additions and modifications, the machine is well on its way to becoming an absolutely necessary pilot for producing larger area (demonstrators) and for developing manufacturing processes for new cellulose/nanocellulose based materials.
- An expanded research department will mean a lot for MoRe. As more and more of our employees will work on research, we are getting more and more experts and specialists in their areas. Being at the forefront of research is very important for our development as well as contributing to a greener society, "concludes Anna Svedberg.
Jessica Gard Timmerfors - Umeå University.